We’re creating sustainable, attainable, human-scaled places in the Westover and Sunset Terrace neighborhoods in west Raleigh.
According to the US EPA, building near transit lines “can help lower household transportation costs, boost public transit ridership, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, spur economic development, and make housing more affordable”.
What we’re doing
Cottage Grove will maintain the visual character of Sunset Terrace by preserving the 66-year-old existing house. The new cottages will be small houses of 1,153 – 1,236 sq. ft. — similar in size to the 1,335 sq. ft. average of our neighbors, and more similar to our neighbors than the large new houses built recently. We anticipate that moderate- and middle-income families will be able to afford all units.
Our site design centers on a landscaped common green for residents’ enjoyment, leaving at least 20% of the site as green space — and including a rain garden that will improve local drainage and reduce pollution to nearby streams. (Few of the new houses recently built in the area have included these features.) An L-shaped alley will ensure adequate emergency access to both our cottages and to neighboring properties.
Much of Sunset Terrace Extension was originally built with houses behind other houses. Cottage Grove improves on this long-established pattern by adding the common green. The two neighboring townhouse courts (Grove Estates and Ashworth Townes), the front/rear houses on Powell, and the apartments at 720/721 Grove are all examples of how Sunset Terrace has many homes set behind others.
To accomplish this, we have filed a zoning variance request (BOA-0076-2020) with Raleigh’s Board of Adjustment, requesting a 6% variance on the site width. The case will be heard in October 2021; for updates, see their website. For more details, please read the justification statements we filed with the Board.